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Carmichael Beavers Swim Team Turns 50

Posted: 4/24/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Carmichael Beavers Swim Team is proudly celebrating their 50th season. Since their conception in 1965, the Beavers have had many successful years winning championships and setting individual league records. Achieving these feats goes hand-in-hand with the team’s goals of desire, dedication, and determination. Contributing to the team’s recent success are the Beavers’ current president Ron Miller, head coach Doug Smith, and parents of the team swimmers. These parents diligently maintain the standing tradition of a family atmosphere, promoting a fun swimming experience where children learn to swim in a competitive forum.

The Carmichael Beavers range in age from 4 to 18 and they practice nightly at Del Campo High School’s pool, which has been their home for the past 12 years. The team welcomes the community to come out and enjoy their efforts. The Beavers’ 2015 home meets are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 6th, 13th, and 20th, as well as July 11th.

In commemoration of this 50th Anniversary, some elements have been added to the season’s usual repertoire. Special 50th swim caps, suits, and t-shirts are being offered and the Beavers Swim Team will be accompanying their 50th Anniversary float during their regular appearance in Carmichael’s Annual 4th of July Gala Parade.

All Carmichael Beavers alumni are invited to join the team on Saturday, May 16th for recognition and participation in a special alumni swim meet. The time trials start at 8:00 a.m. and the alumni meet will take place at 11:00 a.m. The current Beavers team looks forward to meeting past Beavers team members!

For more information, visit or Follow CB Swim on Facebook at Carmichael Beavers Swim Team.

Source: Roni Santiago

Colton Burns At Bat
Colton Burns swings away against Grant High School.
Photo by Michelle Akana

Eagle Baseball Flies into Regular Season

Story by Ben Barber
Interview by Jason Knittle II

Posted: 4/10/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The El Camino High School varsity baseball team has officially completed their preseason, finishing strong at 5-4. With the majority of their games against Division I and Division II schools, Coach Jon Mauerer is enthusiastic about how they competed.

“A lot of our seniors are really stepping up, doing a good job… We don’t have one guy or two guys that are carrying us. We kinda have a different hero every game… Everyone is really doing their job,” said Coach Mauerer when asked about key players this year.

Senior Vincent Byrd already has two home runs with fellow senior Jacob Grace chasing with one. While Grace may only be batting 0.243, he’s brought in six runners, leading the team in RBIs. Senior Bennett Nichols is batting 0.500 with 24 at-bats under his belt. And junior Colton Burns, who you might remember from the school’s football season, is continuing to raise eyebrows, batting 0.423.

With three games versus Mira Loma to be followed by three games versus Rio Americano, the Eagles hope to continue their momentum from the preseason to get them in a position to clinch league. “We have a good group and we’re starting to come together at the right time,” said Coach Mauerer.

High School baseball games are held anywhere from two to three times a week. Check your school’s website for details on game start times and locations.

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River Cats 2015 Opening Day Roster

Posted: 4/10/2015

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento River Cats announced the 2015 Opening Day roster. The River Cats opened their 16th season in Sacramento with eight players who have spent time with the affiliate San Francisco Giants, including three with 2014 postseason experience.

The River Cats roster was headlined by local talent Andrew Susac (catcher) and John Bowker (infielder), as well as postseason contributors Juan Perez (outfielder) and Hunter Strickland (right-handed pitcher). Susac, Perez, and Strickland all made appearances in San Francisco’s 2014 World Championship run and started their seasons in Sacramento. The three players combined for 26 games played in October.

The River Cats will be led by manager Bob Mariano, who enters his fourth season as manager, although his first with Sacramento. In his previous three seasons with the Fresno Grizzlies, Mariano managed big-leaguers Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Pablo Sandoval, and others. Hitting coach Andy Skeels, pitching coach Dwight Bernard, athletic trainer James Petra, and strength and conditioning coach Brad Lawson made up the rest of Sacramento’s on-field staff.

Full 2015 Sacramento River Cats Roster

Pitchers (13 + 1 DL)
Heston, Chris
Blach, Tyson
Dunning, Jake
Turley, Nikolas
Coello, Robert
Lara, Brauli
Strickland, Hunter
Hall, Cody
Broadway, Michael
Bochy, Brett
Okert, Steven
Rapada, Clayton
Partch, Curtis
Gutierrez, JC (DL)
Catchers (2 + 1 DL)
Susac, Andrew
Quiroz, Guillermo
Brown, Trevor (DL)
Infielders (6)
Bowker, John
Duvall, Adam
Cedeno, Ronny
Triunfel, Carlos
Ciriaco, Juan
Hicks, Brandon
Outfielders (4)
Jackson, Brett
Perez, Juan
Parker, Jarret
Ford, Darren

The River Cats opened their season at home on Thursday, April 9th against the Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). For more information, please call (916) 371-HITS or visit

Source: Sacramento River Cats

Derby Madness Takes Over at Sacramento State University

By Anne Stokes

Posted: 3/20/2015

Annie Reksic Blocks Blue Crush
Capitol Punisher jammer Blue Crush (#11, right in star helmet) attempts to pass Folsom Prison Bruiser blocker Annie Reksic (#10) during the exposition roller derby match at Sacramento State.
Photos by Anne Stokes

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Sac City Rollers teamed up with Sacramento State University’s Women’s Resource Center and UNIQUE Programs on the evening of Thursday, March 12th, bringing their hard-hitting style of entertainment to campus. The free event featured the Capitol Punishers and Folsom Prison Bruisers competing against each other in an exposition match in celebration of March’s Women’s HerStory month.

“The reason we brought [Derby Madness] here in the first place was to expose Sac State students to these kind of events, because it’s not something usually on college campuses,” explained Zenia LaPorte, Sacramento State University Assistant Director for Programs and Marketing “It’s definitely a fun, action-packed event, and the crowd definitely gets into it. It’s a good time.”

Second-year communications student Andrea Arango, who attended Thursday night with her friends, had never seen a roller derby match before but quickly caught on to the game’s rules. “I’ve never seen something like this! I was like, a roller derby? Are we going to go and see people roller skate in circles? But it’s more than that,” she said. “I would say if you’re open to learning and seeing new things, you should definitely go. Have an open mind. I decided to go this year just to see what it’s about and I’m glad I came.”

“It’s always fun playing here at Sac State,” said Aleitha Burns, who has skated under the moniker “Aleithal Weapon” for the past seven years. “We get a lot of new fans, a lot of volunteers. It’s an opportunity for us to just play roller derby without the high pressure of sanctioning and rankings and the competitive nature. But of course we’re all athletes, so our competitiveness comes out.”

The game itself is a fast-paced, full-contact team sport in which 10 athletes at a time compete to out maneuver each other and score the most points. “There are two basic positions in women’s roller derby,” explained Burns. “There are the blockers, they make up the pack, and then the other position is the jammer. Essentially, the goal is for the jammer to get through the pack. The jammers score every time they successfully make it through the pack. So the pack is simultaneously playing offense to help their jammer through and defense to stop the opposing jammer. Jammers score points for every blocker from the opposing team they pass.”

Skater Bird Dog Works to Pass Foxy Knoxy in a Roller Derby Demonstration Match
Capitol Punisher blocker Foxy Knoxy (#777, inside right) blocks Folsom Prison Bruiser jammer Bird Dog (#415, in the star helmet) as she attempts to pass the pack and score during the exposition match at Sacramento State. Jammers score points for every opposing blocker they pass while blockers simultaneously obstruct opposing jammers while clearing the way for their own team’s jammer.

Founded in 2006, the Sac City Rollers was Sacramento’s first women’s flat track roller derby team. The team is comprised of two interleague teams, the Capitol Punishers and the Folsom Prison Bruisers, who compete together on an international level. “We play against our local teams here in California; we also have played against teams from Canada, we’ve played against teams from Scotland, [and] we’ve played against teams from Michigan,’ explained Burns. “In two weeks we have our first tournament [of the season]; it’s called the Dust Devil in Tuscan, Arizona, where we’ll be playing against a team from New Hampshire. Tournaments give us an opportunity to play teams from a larger range.”

The team is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, raising hundreds of dollars each bout for local charities, culminating in their annual Red Red Holiday Invitational tournament each December, the proceeds of which benefit the Sacramento Food Bank. “We have raised thousands of dollars over the last nine seasons for the Sacramento Food Bank,” said Burns, adding that “every game that we have, we pick a local charity to raise money for. All the proceeds from our raffle prizes all goes directly to a charity. At each bout we raise a couple hundred dollars for various charities.”

Burns, who is a middle school science teacher, is one of over 100 women and girls who make up the Sac City Rollers. Athletes come from a variety of backgrounds, from stay-at-home mothers to laboratory scientists, and range in age from as young as 18 to women in their mid-40s, who commit to working out at least three to four days a week for two to three hours at a time. According to Burns, however, the benefits reach well beyond just staying in shape: “I’ve gotten a whole group of friends that I know will always have my back no matter what happens.”

The Sac City Roller’s next match against the Auburn Outlaws is slated for March 21st at The Rink in Sacramento. If you think you may have what it takes to be a Capitol Punisher or Folsom Prison Bruiser, tryouts will be held on Sunday, June 7th. For more information, visit

Dirty Hippie Knows Stretching Before a Workout is Important
Folsom Prison Bruiser Dirty Hippie (#1LUV) stretches out pre-game at Derby Madness, the exposition match at Sacramento State’s University Union Ballroom.
Aleithal Weapon Zooms Around the Track
Capitol Punisher jammer Aleithal Weapon (#713, at left), known off the rink as teacher Aleitha Burns, scores points as she passes the pack of Folsom Bruisers during Derby Madness. “I grew up roller skating, I was a rink-rat. Every Friday, Saturday night I was at the roller skating rink. I got my first kiss on skates,” she admits. “So when I heard about roller derby, I thought ‘hey, why not?’ I like full-contact sports, I love roller skating, and try outs were happening in a few weeks. So I went to tryouts and have never looked back seven seasons later, from a rookie all the way to our All-Stars.”


Mylan World TeamTennis Returns to Sacramento

Posted: 2/27/2015

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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) has decided to return to the Sacramento area as a newly formed ownership group will move the Texas Wild franchise from their home in Irving, Texas for the beginning of the 2015 season.

The team will be re-branded as California Dream and play at Sunrise Mall in the Sunrise MarketPlace Business District of Citrus Heights.

The new ownership group includes long-time franchise owner Jeff Launius who is joined by Harbor Point Tennis Club President Bob Kaliski and Dallas-based investment banker Michael Malone.

Kaliski, who is well-known in Northern California tennis circles for his successful tennis events, was eager to see professional team tennis return to the Sacramento region.

Kaliski pitched Launius, who has been a WTT team owner since 2001, on bringing the team to the Sacramento area. Launius was already well aware of the popularity of team tennis in the area.

“For so many years, I hated bringing my team to Sacramento because I knew there would be so many fans there going crazy for their team,” said Launius. “I hope they feel the same way about the Dream and come out to support us. This market certainly has fans that know and love World TeamTennis and they deserve a team.”

The Dream will play seven home matches this July on a specially-constructed stadium in the parking lot at Sunrise Mall. Sunrise MarketPlace will be an inaugural sponsor of the California Dream. Launius said the support of Sunrise MarketPlace merchants and the area’s fan base was appealing to the Dream’s owners.

Sunrise MarketPlace Executive Director Kathilynn Carpenter said, “We welcome the California Dream to Citrus Heights. We fully support the new team and its owners and look forward to seeing the stadium rise again at Sunrise Mall. Our customers have indicated they missed the sports-entertainment that team tennis brought to the District for several seasons beginning in 2002.”

World TeamTennis has been popular in the Sacramento area for nearly three decades. The region was previously home to one of the most successful franchises in league history from 1986-2013. According to research by Sunrise MarketPlace during the last tennis season in 2012, 43 percent of attendees spent an average of $71.45 the night of the event within the Sunrise MarketPlace Business District.

Team ownership will unveil the team logo and ticket packages in the next few weeks. The 2015 rosters will be finalized at the Mylan WTT Player Draft on March 16 in Indian Wells, Calif. The regular season begins July 12 and concludes on August 2 with the Mylan WTT Finals.

2015 marks the 40th season for Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT), the groundbreaking leader in professional team tennis competition. Mylan WTT features many of the world’s best players competing annually for the King Trophy, the league’s championship trophy named after co-founder Billie Jean King. This summer, Mylan WTT becomes only the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone.

Mylan WTT has been a pioneer in the sports world with many of the league’s modernizations recognized and adopted by others in the industry. In addition to being the first professional sports league to feature men and women competing equally on a team, Mylan WTT has showcased advancements such as no-ad and cumulative scoring, on-court coaching and playing let serves.

Source: Mylan World TeamTennis

River Cats Announce 2015 Manager and Field Staff

Posted: 2/6/2015

River Cats Valentine’s Day Packs On Sale

Posted: 2/6/2015

Taekwondo Championships at Memorial Auditorium

Posted: 1/30/2015

Local Rugby Pro Wishes Players Good Luck Before KOT

By Colin Hawley
Posted: 1/23/2015


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